There were even some conservatives like Newt Gingrich who called it the most serious mistake of his presidency. And yet, after the criticism facing President Donald Trump following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president's approval ratings continue to climb.

Politico's Playbook has this summary of the news from The Wall Street Journal:

STILL ROCK SOLID -- "Donald Trump's Approval Rating Inches Higher, Buoyed by Republican Support," by WSJ's Mike Bender: "President Donald Trump's approval rating edged higher during a week in which he faced withering criticism following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, signaling that he is positioned to weather the latest controversy sparked by his unusual brand of politics. Mr. Trump's job approval rating rose to 45% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the highest mark of his presidency and up 1 percentage point from June.

"The survey was taken over a four-day period that started July 15, a day before Mr. Trump's news conference with Mr. Putin in which he questioned the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Underpinning Mr. Trump's job approval was support from 88% of Republican voters. Of the four previous White House occupants, only George W. Bush, in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had a higher approval rating within his own party at the same point in his presidency." WSJ

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